Over 26 million people in America have Kidney Disease. Most of them aren't even aware of it until it's too late.
I was one of them.
Last year I was diagnosed with Stage 4, Chronic Kidney Disease. My kidneys were failing and I was close to being put on Dialysis.
The statistical life-span of someone on Dialysis is 4-5 years. It can vary, of course depending on overall health and the cause of kidney failure. The reason for my kidney failure is still unknown.
I'm O+ so my wait time for a deceased kidney in California was 5-10 years. My goal was to obtain a transplant before needing dialysis to improve the success rate and longevity of the transplanted kidney.
When you're faced with something like this it's very easy to breakdown and give up. Thankfully I found Super Better, a game developed by Jane McGonigal. It was my inspiration to keep going and keep me strong. A plan was born. I was ready to fight.
I gathered allies (friends, family, the gaming community) and charted out my epic quest to live.
Throughout the year I found 2 potential kidney donors. The first was unable to donate. The second potential donor contacted me right when UCLA found me a match via the Kidney Exchange Program. My incredible husband donated his kidney to a stranger in Indiana so I could receive a kidney from a stranger in Atlanta. We were part of a 9 person chain. More than one life was saved and one more was about to be saved.
The potential donor that contacted me thanks to my #TakesKidney campaign has gone on to save someone else.
On August 12, 2015 I received my first kidney transplant. Help me give someone else a chance of obtaining a better life. Buy a T-shirt and spread the word!
For more info. about what inspired me to stay strong watch this video: https://youtu.be/keFPVsWkyW0
For more info. about my story google search: #takeskidney
This shirt was designed by Matt Graff.